Sometime last year, I stumbled over a lesson for making realistic water drops from Joseph Apice. I enjoyed playing with the lesson, but noticed that I hadn't seen any lessons for making actual rain in PSP. I did eventually find Mahogany's rain mask that she made and the Sumrall Works lesson that inspired her. The mask and lesson were closer to what I was trying for, but still too subtle for me to see in an animation. I messed around with several images and then gave up on rain for a while.
As I was reading through the information on a new filter, I noticed they mentioned that the filter could do rain, as well as fog and clouds. Curious, I began to play, and applied that knowledge I gained from those other rain lessons since the documentation omitted further rain discussion. Interestingly, depending on what you do, the filter can create water drops or falling rain.
You will need to download Van Der Lee's Snowflakes filter from their site, if you don't already have it.
For those struggling with creating an animation, I've finally decided to provide the steps I used for this lighthouse sample. If you follow the directions, you will end up with a rain pattern similar to mine, animated. If you need still more detail, click on HELP in PSP or visit one of the many other fine Animation tutorials on the Internet. We'll pretend you applied the snow and motion blur to 4 different rain layers like I did.
so you have:
This is the way I do mine... was only way I could keep jiggles away from my images when animating:
(I used the Almathera Puddle filter on the lagoon to make it appear the rain is hitting the surface. Lighthouse pictured is the Bolivar Point Lighthouse which is across the channel from Galveston, Texas, and is a personal photo.)
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